Holidays in Corfu
Part of the Ionian Islands, the only Greek island group lying in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a small island (only 36 miles long and 14 miles wide) boasting outstanding natural beauty. Known as the Emerald Island because of its beautiful flora and thousands of rich-green coloured olive and citrus trees, Corfu offers a tranquil holiday setting among lush greenery.
Located close to the Central Greece, the Ionian Islands enjoy a mild and pleasant climate throughout the year. The mountains of Central Greece provide much needed protection from the cold northern winds during the winter whilst summers are warm with gentle sea breeze.
The north and south of the island feature long bays with powdery sand offering a wonderful setting for traditional beach holiday with a range of water sport. The west of the island provides the most spectacular sunset and a more dramatic, rugged coastline with cliffs and sandy bays, whilst the north-east coast is rocky with shingle beaches. The north-east of Corfu features traditional fishing villages with more authentic way of living which are highly recommended for day trips.
Due to successive occupations by Venetian, French and British over the centuries, Corfu is one of the most Western and cosmopolitan of the Greek islands. The delightfully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, blends beautifully historical Venetian buildings, palaces and fortresses with traditional Greek houses along the narrow cobbled streets. The Old Town offers a wonderful insight into the island’s history with palaces built during the British occupation, squares adored by tasteful French architecture and churches remembering the Venetian style.
This pretty island offers something for everyone. There is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Swiss based architect, Donald Harradine, which is said to be one of the best kept golf secrets in Europe. The numerous beaches and bays offer an exciting diversity inviting holidaymakers to explore and experience. For an adrenaline rush, many beaches offer an array of water sport and Corfu’s popular water park, Aqualand, is known to be one of the best water parks in Europe offering thrilling slides for the whole family.
Traditional tavernas and seaside restaurants serve fresh seafood with small fried fish and shellfish being firm favourites. Numerous bars invite you to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine or ouzo, whilst the larger resorts offer evening entertainment.
Corfu possesses a great musical and artistic heritage with many open-air concerts during the summer. The most joyful celebration happens around Easter when the entire island comes together celebrating the holy week.
Beautiful historical Old Town, inviting beaches and bays, welcoming local people and endless natural beauty ensure that Corfu has become a favourite of many visitors who return to this small island year after year. This idyllic island, where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa in one of Homer’s Odyssey most celebrated scenes, offers a splendid holiday experience.
Corfu Town / Alikes Transfers:
10mins (by taxi)
Venetian houses and fortresses, Byzantine churches, the popular esplanade, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, walking through the streets of Corfu town is almost as if you are stepping back in time into history itself. A labyrinth of narrow streets, full of character and charm, offer a wealth of chic boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants. A visit to the many museums and the church of the islandss Patron Saint Spyridon is well worth a visit. Alikes is around 4kms away and very close to the entertainment scene, with discos and clubs, restaurants and tavernas.
Aghios Ioannis / Benitses Transfers:
30mins (by taxi)
Agios Ioannis is not a typical resort, rather an area with a few bars, tavernas and lots of small bays stretching along the main coastal road on the outskirts of Benitses. Benitses itself is a very picturesque and tranquil place with a pretty harbour and marina.
Gouvia / Kontokali Transfers:
30mins (by taxi)
Set in lush greenery and boasting a stunning marina adorned with boats and yachts Gouvia also enjoys good beaches, a wide selection of shops, restaurants, bars and tavernas and nightlife. It short 10mns stroll away is Kontokali, overlooking the bay and the marina with a few restaurants, bars and tavernas. Corfu town is around 11kms away.
All Transfer Times are approximate
What to See
Corfu is the second biggest of the Ionian Islands that lie off Greece’s north west coast of Greece.
Not only is Corfu one of the Mediterranean’s more popular holiday destinations, it is extremely beautiful.
Transfers are from Corfu International Airport.
Corfu enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate perfect for days bathing at the beach when the sea temperatures are at their warmest.
·Mount Pantokrator in Corfu Island, which is over 1000 meters high, offers splendid views across to the Island of Paxos.
·The old town of Kerkyra is a must visit.
·Corfu has exceptional beaches, with long sandy bays, rocky coves, or deserted bays.
·Holiday in Corfu must include the local food and wine.
Currency: € Euros
Local Time: GMT/BST +3
Local airport: Corfu
Flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Aghios Ioannis is a quiet resort area and a great destination for sun and watersports lovers with 5 kilometres of stunning golden coast.Holidays to Aghios Ioannis have lots to offer; friendly cafés, the bustling shops, the Venetian churches and cheerful tavernas. Accommodation in Aghios Ioan
Dassia is conveniently located on the east coast of this beautiful island, just 14km from Corfu town (Kerkyra).
It faces Albania and the Greek mainland and on a clear day the views across the Ionian sea are dramatically beautiful. Dassia is situated on a flat, narrow plain right beside the sea, b
Ermone is a small resort and situated on the western coast of Corfu. The beach is sandy with some shingle patches and surrounded by tree covered hills. Ideal for couples and families.
Kavos is very popular with British under-thirties and is an established resort for those wishing to party late into the night. It offers a huge array of bars, clubs and modern discos of every kind plus tavernas with British menus. Kavo's nightlife experience is possibly the most intense on the Corf
Kontokali is a peaceful village with a good selection of shops, tavernas and bars and on the east coast of Corfu, just 4 miles northwest lies the fascinating Venetian capital, Corfu Town. Holidays in Kontokali can easily enjoy the attractions of the capital and other nearby popular resorts.
Paleokastritsa has long been considered one of the most beautiful villages on the Corfu isle and is a renowned Greek beauty spot. Paleokastritsa is chiefly memorable for the excepcional scenery along with all the superb beaches. While staying in Paleokastritsa holiday resort you can relax on any of
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